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Published: Saturday, July 28, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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Kiwis to stay despite Colombo violence
Colombo: The visiting Indian and New Zealand cricket teams have raised concern for their safety following street battles that left two people killed and over 80 wounded, diplomats and officials said on Friday.[an error occurred while processing this directive]Sri Lanka's Board of Control for Cricket has assured maximum protection for the two teams playing in the triangular One-day International series, which opened here on Wednesday.Diplomats said the management of the two teams were keen to appraise the current situation following Thursday's police action to break up an anti-government rally in the capital and threats of more demonstrations next week.Nearly 100 police, including plain-clothed officers have been deployed to guard the players as well as the deluxe Taj Samudra hotel where they are staying, cricket officials said.At least another 200 armed constables are deployed for security at match venues where fans are allowed in only after they are subjected to body searches using metal detectors.Officials said New Zealand will continue its current tour despite the violence and meet India on Friday at the Premadasa stadium, located in the same area where most of the teargas attacks took place on Thursday.